Is anyone else excited about the Rolling Stones coming to Baltimore? Trust me, it'll be one of the best shows you'll ever see, no matter their age. I just think they could have come up with a better name than The Sagging Man Breast Tour.
Colin asks me to keep up the hockey updates, and adds, "Alex Ovechkin will take home the Calder Trophy." That leads me to two questions: Who's Alex Ovechkin and what's the Calder Trophy?
I'm hoping it's not the one for sportsmanship. Isn't that the Lady Byng? Or the Lady Schick? Either way, I wouldn't want it. This is hockey, after all. Stick to the tough-guy awards. Doesn't someone take home a trophy for having the most teeth knocked out?
Miles asks whatever happened to former Oriole Mike Kinkade, part of the Mike Bordick trade with the Mets (the one that brought Melvin Mora to Baltimore). He last played in the majors in 2003 with the Dodgers, appearing in 88 games. He played in Japan the next year, and spent 2005 with Triple-A Buffalo in the Indians' organization, batting .283 with 16 homers and 74 RBIs. At 32 years old, he no longer qualifies as a prospect. Not sure he ever did.
Former Orioles manager Mike Hargrove decided to audition Kinkade at third base in 2001 as a possible replacement for Cal Ripken. It was a bold move, one that was shrouded in secrecy, and made Hargrove quite uncomfortable when I kept asking him about it on a road trip. He wanted to discuss it with Ripken first, as I recall. Or he just didn't want such a big deal made of it. It's never easy to phase out a legend.
It turned out to be much ado about nothing. (Yes, I'm quoting Shakespeare. My sister, Shawna, will be so impressed. She got all the good grades.) Hargrove took one look at Kinkade and buried him in the bench. So much for that experiment. Nice guy, though. Real quiet, but nice. Not a bad bench player. He could move around the field. He just wasn't real strong with the glove. Anyone who saw him try to play left field would agree. He also had "catcher" on his resume. Yeah, right. That's getting a little loose with the language. But again, a nice guy.